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The Ideas Exchange summer program for dance teachers includes both NBS faculty, as well as guests from around the world.

This week’s feature focuses on Sorella Englund.

Born in Helsinki, Finland, Sorella Englund began her training with the Finnish National Ballet School. After graduating in 1963, she joined the Finnish National Ballet. Moving to Denmark on a scholarship in 1966, she was soon engaged by the Royal Danish Ballet. She was made principal in 1968, one of the first non-Danish dancers to be so appointed. Her powerful artistry, musicality and style made her an exquisite interpreter of the Bournonville style. A few of her career highlights included lead roles in La Sylphide, Napoli, Serenade, and Carmen.

Englund has been highly prized as a teacher and past director at the Royal Danish Ballet and internationally as a teacher and repetiteur. Ms. Englund is a regular guest teacher at NBS. She also participated as a presenter at the 1999 international videoconference on dancer health and wellbeing, Not Just Any Body, which NBS co-hosted.